The dull, cloudy skies that had been threatening to rain, lifted when the Tri colour was unfurled at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow on 26th January on the occasion of India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations. The premises reverberated with the National Anthem. The little ones of the Pre Primary stole everyone’s heart as they recited the poems ‘Dekho Bachon Jhanda Pyara’ and ‘Kaun Karega Desh Ki Sewa’, reassuring us that the nation has a bright future. The audience was teary eyed when the students of classes three, four and five danced to the tunes of a medley of patriotic songs. The students’ tribute to their motherland through their re-creation of the song ‘Ae Watan’ was heart rending. Another performance that touched everyone was the recitation of a Hindi poem ‘Aaj Tiranga Lehrata Hai Apni Poori Shaan Se’, recited by the students of class VII A and B. It took the audience down memory lane and reminded everyone of the supreme sacrifice made by our freedom fighters. Surayansh Pratap Singh’ of Class VIII A gave a short speech on the relevance of Republic Day reminding one and all of their duties and responsibilities towards their nation. The celebrations ended on an inspirational note when our Principal, Mrs. Poonam Kochitty reminded the students that the Republic Day has great relevance and everone needs to understand the laws laid down in the constitution. It is day to remind ourselves that as citizens of a great nation we should not just be aware of our rights but become more conscious of respecting rules and performing our duties with sincerity. She said that it is very important for the children to grab opportunities, choose what they love and work hard to excel in it. If the children are engaged in constructive activities and choose their path with care, they will be able to steer the nation in the right direction.